Indian Canoes in Harbour

About this object

History of use

Based on stylistic characteristics, Doris Shadbolt (1975) attributes these watercolours to about 1895. The scenes are mainly from the Victoria area, and the Fraser Valley. They predate Emily Carr's trips to coastal Indian villages, but the prevalence of Indian canoes and British Columbia's forests, attest to her early interest in these themes, which she developed fully in her later work.

Cultural context

Canadian art; late 19th century watercolours.

Physical description

Small, rectangular shaped, watercolour study of two canoes on left, both have tent-like structures above. There is a standing figure in red and a black sitting figure in one canoe. Bushes and trees behind in various brown-green shades with orange-brown highlights and brown branches. Bushes are reflected in water at left foreground. Right foreground is blue-grey water. Blue mountains in background at right, several flying birds and blue wash sky on right to top. Image mounted on a cream backing card. Written in pencil on the back is ‘Indian Canoes in Harbour’.